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In terms of governance, R&I efforts to accelerate the deployment of cost-effective low carbon technologies have been organised under the so-called Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan, based on a three pillar implementation structure: a Steering Group, European Industrial Initiatives (EIIs) and the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) and is supported by an information system (SETIS). Geothermal has been included in the SET- Plan through the geothermal panel of the European Technology and Innovation Platform (ETIP) on <a href="http://www.rhc-platform.org/press/news/news-singleview/article/rhc-etip-provides-input-to-the-set-plan-action-n-5-on-develop-new-materials-and-technologies-for/"Renewable Heating and Cooling whose aim is to develop strategic research priorities and implementation roadmaps for the sector. The Energy Union strategy increased the focus on geothermal technology, with the launch of a dedicated ETIP on deep geothermal energy in 2016.

The Renewable Energy Directive, the Energy Efficiency Directive, the Governance Regulation also affect European national support to innovation in the renewable energy sector. The Governance regulation in this regard is particularly important as it sets up a framework in which Member States are invited to engage in the planning of their energy policies and energy mixes on the long term, and set plans for supporting innovative renewable technologies.

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